Running Start

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CPTC works closely with area high school counselors to plan appropriate educational experiences. Running Start is a statewide community and technical college program that was developed for academically qualified high school juniors and seniors who wish to enroll in courses that fulfill high school graduation requirements. If you have chosen a career direction and can benefit from college instruction, Running Start at Clover Park Technical College may be right for you.

Please note that Running Start students are held to the same expectations as all other college students. Attendance, participation, behaviors, and quality of work are to meet college standards.

The Running Start program is designed for high school students who are ready for college-level work, want to get a start on their career training, and want to receive both college and high school credit while attending high school.

Qualified students may enroll in programs, tuition-free, up to a maximum of 15 credits per quarter. This is determined by the combined high school and college enrollment on their Running Start Enrollment Verification Form obtained from their high school counselor.

Additionally, Running Start students will pay for all fees associated with their college enrollment including laboratory fees, security & safety fees, books, tools, consumables, transportation, etc. Running Start students may obtain a waiver for additional credits; please see the Running Start adviser for more information.

High school students who attend during the summer quarter will pay adult tuition and fees. Interested students must meet with the Running Start adviser to receive appropriate paperwork prior to enrolling.

If you meet the following criteria, you may be eligible for Running Start:

  • Be between the ages of 16 and 21.
  • Be identified as a high school junior or senior.
  • Meet minimum assessment testing scores.
  • Be identified as eligible by your school.